The word "checkmate" in chess comes from the Persian phrase "Shah Mat", which means "The King Is Defeated".

The first pedal bicycle was buit in Scotland in 1839, by Kirkpatrick Macmillan. There have been many improvements, parts such as the frame, brakes, wheels and seat but the general parts and principles have not changed.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orage, silver and purple.

There is no word you can write using just the bottom row of the keyboard.

Alexander The Great's funeral would have cost $600 million dollars today. A road from Egypt to Babylon was built to carry his body.

The ears of a cricket are located on the front legs, just below the knee.

25% of a human's bones are in its feet.

The US has about 9 billion chickens. China has more than 13 billion.

Nachos were originated in the city of Piedras Negras, Mexico in 1943 when the wives of US soldiers visited a restaurant called the Victory club after it had closed for the day. The maitre d' Ignacio "nacho" Anaya, invented a new snack for them with what little he had available in the kitchen: tortillas and cheese. Anaya cut the tortillas into triangles, added cheddar cheese, and added sliced jalapeno peppers. He served the dish calling it Nachos especiales.

There are approximately 550 hairs in an eyebrow.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

The Atlantic Giant Squid's eye can be as large as 15.75 inches (40 centimeters) wide.

As of 2007, China had about 30 million cars and light trucks for 1.3 billion people. The U.S had about 240 cars for 300 million people.

As of 2007, China had about 30 million cars and light trucks for 1.3 billion people. The U.S had about 240 cars for 300 million people.

The US has used military force a number of times, but has only actually declared war 5 times (the War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II).

The visual "tail" of a comet has nothing to do with its direction of travel; rather, solar wind pushes it so that it always points away from the Sun.

Peanut allergies afflict an estimated 4 million Americans and can be life-threatening. Almost half of annual emergency room visits and two thrids of deaths due to anaphylaxis are the result of peanut allergies.

Rhubarb leaves contain a high concentration of oxalate, which is poisonous in large doses. The stems contain a lower concentration of oxalate and also act as a good laxative.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names. (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-frid.)

In France, you are forbidden to name a pig "Napoleon."